Semi-Truck Accidents:
Everything You Need To Know

Injuries from semi-truck accidents can be critical, and the claims are far more complicated than your run-of-the-mill car accident cases.

If you are involved in a wreck with a large truck, you need to secure an attorney who will be on your side. Semi-truck accident lawyer Christopher Jackson has years of legal experience helping clients who were injured due to the negligence of a truck driver.

You deserve to be compensated. If you were in a truck crash, let us help you.

Fact:

Only 25% of fatal crashes involving large trucks occur on interstates.

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Three semi-trucks driving down interstate highway.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the most common factors in large truck crashes are:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Legal drugs
  • Driving too fast for prevailing road conditions
  • Failing to provide a proper lookout
  • Road unfamiliarity
  • Feeling pressure caused by the trucking company

Negligent hiring and poor supervision of truckers is also common.

However, after an accident, a trucking company will pull out all the stops to defend itself. Because trucking companies are large, they have a lot of resources and attorneys to minimize their damages and dispute fault. We recommend that you do not sign anything until you consult an attorney who understands personal injury law.

Fact:

83% of semi-truck accidents occur on weekdays. 

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Fatalities Are Common When Semi-Trucks Are Involved in the Accident

Truck crashes involving large tractor-trailers have a higher fatal accident rate per mile traveled than passenger cars and trucks.  When a car and a truck collide, more than likely, the occupant of the car will be the one who suffers serious injuries, disability, or death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 98 percent of the accident cases in which there is a death when a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the person killed is an occupant of the passenger vehicle.

Getting Compensated If You Were Injured in a Truck Crash

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, or your loved one was killed in an accident involving an 18-wheeler due to the truck driver’s negligence, you have a right to compensation for your damages, including medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

After truck crashes, you need to hire an experienced semi-truck crash lawyer that can ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the full amount of damages to which you are entitled. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will fight for you and represent the interests of you and your family.

Truck Driver Fatigue Often Causes Accidents

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Were you injured in an accident caused by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel?

Speak with a truck accident attorney who can help you get justice.

The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson, with practices in Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, is dedicated to fighting for victims and their families.  If you are seeking the maximum compensation necessary to fulfill cost burdens of the accident, please contact us.

Our truck driver fatigue attorneys have decades of experience handling serious truck accident cases throughout Kentucky and Ohio.

When Truckers Drive While Sleepy

Operator fatigue is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. Truck driver fatigue can be as great of an impairment as alcohol or drug intoxication.

A predominant percentage of truck crashes occurs on long hauls. As the drivers continue driving long hours and often through the night, they become increasingly fatigued, and reaction time lengthens. The driver may not even feel the effects of the sleep deprivation, but this can create extremely high-risk situations that may result in catastrophe all too often.

Drivers are required to log the hours driven on the road as well as their sleep in driver’s logs. And these logs, in turn, are to be monitored by the trucking company. In some cases, drivers attempt to optimize a trip by doctoring the logbook, or the trucking company may encourage the driver to drive longer than is legally permitted by state and federal regulations.

Let Us Fight The Trucking Company’s Lawyers On Your Behalf

Our team is well-aware of these tactics and how truckers attempt to hide them. Our comprehensive investigations uncover evidence of logbook violations and driving times that did not allow for enough sleep in-between shifts behind the wheel.

Trucking companies and operators are skilled in covering up the role they may have played in truck wrecks, but our lawyers have the legal experience and investigative resources to catch these tactics and hold the responsible parties accountable for the injuries and damages our clients have suffered.

Semi-Truck Driver Negligence 

Trucker talking while driving.

Legal Guidance For Collisions Involving Negligent Truck Drivers

Have you or a loved one been injured by a negligent truck driver and need a lawyer?

The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson represents injured victims and their families who have suffered from devastating truck accidents due to negligent hiring and supervision.

Our law firm understands that the trucking companies, brokers, supervisors, and drivers may be held accountable for this negligence.

We Hold The Negligent Truck Drivers Accountable

Trucking liability includes holding companies accountable for their responsibilities to place capable and safe drivers behind the wheels of their vehicles. These drivers must be properly trained and undergo thorough background checks to ensure that they are not a risk to other drivers and pedestrians on the road.

Unfortunately, drivers who are poorly trained and underqualified, and who have a history of driving violations, are responsible for hundreds of preventable accidents across the United States each year.

Our lawyers evaluating negligent hiring and supervision as evidence perform comprehensive investigations for all truck wreck cases we handle. In each investigation, we uncover details such as:

  • Truck driver’s criminal history
  • Driving infractions and violations
  • Previous accidents
  • History of drug and alcohol use
  • Previous employment violations
  • Other past problems that could create danger on the road
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How Truck Companies Manage Their Negligent Truck Drivers And Why It Matters

Trucking companies are required to check certain factors before hiring any employee who will be driving any of their rigs. We will make sure these companies have done due diligence and can devise a solid defense strategy for you.

Trucking companies can be held accountable for negligence in hiring and supervision, including for continuing to employ a driver who repeatedly causes problems, has been involved in accidents where negligence is involved or has issues with maintaining accurate driving logs. This is often referred to as “negligent retention.”

Trucking companies must also accurately track the routes and loads each driver is taking on. They must ensure that each driver is properly trained for each task required of him or her on the road, and when loading and securing cargo.

In addition to the truck driver’s responsibility to maintain his or her commercial driver’s license (CDL), he or she must have various endorsements to be allowed to operate certain trucks or pack, load, and move certain loads. Without proper training, the driver creates a grave risk to others on the highway.

If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt or killed in a trucking accident in Covington, Kentucky, or Cincinnati, Ohio, contact The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson to speak with a semi-truck accident attorney. You may reach us by phone at 859-261-1111 in Kentucky or 513-861-8000 in Ohio. We offer free initial consultations, we fully finance all litigation costs, and we do not get paid unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement.

FAQ About Semi-Truck Accidents

Trucker inspecting his truck.

Frequently Asked Questions About Semi-Truck Accidents

Explore some of the typical questions and answers we sometimes hear regarding large vehicle crashes.

What types of trucks are involved in cases handled by your law firm?

We have handled cases involving:

  • Semi-trucks
  • 18-wheelers
  • Tractor-trailers
  • Big rigs
  • Single-unit trucks
  • Cargo vans weighing more than 10,000 pounds
Are semi-truck accidents really a widespread problem?

Here’s a statistic that illustrates the high price the U.S. population pays for truck accidents: In 2009, there were a total of 3,380 deaths due to semi-truck collisions in the United States. That was just one year’s toll and did not include serious nonfatal injuries.

When and where do semi-truck accidents tend to happen?

Fifty-eight percent of these crashes occurred on major roads, 31 percent on interstate highways and freeways, and 11 percent on minor roads. Accidents involving semi-trucks are more likely to occur between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.

What are the common truck accident outcomes?

Ohio and Kentucky have a great deal of trucking traffic, and we read about semi-truck accidents occurring on a frequent basis. Often, those who have been injured in semi-truck accidents tend to have serious or devastating injuries that require multiple surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, and physical therapy and rehab. Some accident victims are left with a permanent disability. Others lose their lives.

Where can I get answers to questions about my own truck accident (or my loved ones)?

You may have many questions including: “Who will pay for my treatment?” “Who will pay to replace my car?” “How will I handle my bills and claims adjusters?” A personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson in Covington, Kentucky, can help you with all aspects of your claim. No question is too small.

Why is it important to get a lawyer on the case right away?

Without a proactive investigation and litigation approach, trucking companies may lose or destroy evidence or valuable leads that would prove their liability and negligence. It is important that all aspects of truck and car accidents be considered, including:

  • Driver’s logbooks
  • Driver’s background
  • Trucking company training procedures
  • Hiring and supervision of drivers
  • Driver fatigue
  • Road conditions
  • Load security and capacity
  • Truck maintenance
  • Other circumstances
How do truckload deficiencies contribute to accidents?

Truck drivers earn endorsements to carry loads. This ensures that the driver is trained and certified to pack, load, and move certain types and volumes of cargo. If an accident is caused by improper loading, we will investigate to determine if the driver made an error, or if the company forced the driver to carry the load, knowing that he or she did not have the proper endorsement.

What are the advantages of pursuing an injury or death claim through The Law Offices of Christopher Jackson?

Our personal injury law firm has the resources and experience to invest in a full-blown investigation of the truck crash. We take all cases on contingency, which means no fee unless you win, allowing you and your family to heal and recover as we carry the legal burden.

How can I talk with a lawyer about my truck accident and injuries or a loved one’s fatality?

Call Christopher Jackson at 859-261-1111.

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